My Salvation Comes From Me

Clouds can't stop you

All temptation is nothing more than some form of the basic temptation not to believe the idea for today. Salvation seems to come from anywhere except from you. So, too, does the source of guilt. You see neither guilt nor salvation as in your own mind and nowhere else. When you realize that all guilt is solely an invention of your mind, you also realize that guilt and salvation must be in the same place. In understanding this you are saved.

Today you are directed to the power of your mind. It’s a tricky thing, because using the power of your mind does not mean that you use magic to change the form of the world you are dreaming into one you like. Recognizing the power of your mind means that you recognize causation. Guilt and salvation are both in your mind, the problem and the answer are both in your mind. In understanding this, time and space collapse completely.

The seeming cost of accepting today’s idea is this: It means that nothing outside yourself can save you; nothing outside yourself can give you peace. But it also means that nothing outside yourself can hurt you, or disturb your peace or upset you in any way. Today’s idea places you in charge of the universe, where you belong because of what you are. This is not a role that can be partially accepted. And you must surely begin to see that accepting it is salvation.

Today’s idea is true in every way. You can’t be saved by something outside of you, you can’t be hurt by something outside of you. The first one you like, the second one you find hard to believe. You have overlearned the idea that there are things outside of you, and that the emotions that ensue from actions and situations are not caused by you. You have forgotten the power of your mind. You are the dreamer of the dream. You are the cause.

It may not, however, be clear to you why the recognition that guilt is in your own mind entails the realization that salvation is there as well. God would not have put the remedy for the sickness where it cannot help. That is the way your mind has worked, but hardly His. He wants you to be healed, so He has kept the Source of healing where the need for healing lies.

You have tried to do just the opposite, making every attempt, however distorted and fantastic it might be, to separate healing from the sickness for which it was intended, and thus keep the sickness. Your purpose was to ensure that healing did not occur. God’s purpose was to ensure that it did.

Looking at this, you may begin to realize that how you have been dealing with your body may not be the way to go. The remedies you use to cure any sickness you perceive, actually do not heal, they simply deal with the symptoms. This doesn’t mean that you won’t use any remedy, but it does mean that you look inside your mind and ask yourself if you want healing. Letting go of sickness, you have to look at the value and importance that you give to the idea of sickness itself. The fear that comes with it, the inevitable outcome of death always looking over your shoulder. The belief that you are a body is powerful indeed, it has been overlearned.

Perhaps there is another way of looking at this. Perhaps there is a God that is all loving, Perhaps you are not a body. Perhaps… there is a solution in your mind, waiting for you to find it. This is what is offered you today. It goes far beyond any idea you can conceive of. This is the fun part.

Today we practice realizing that God’s Will and ours are really the same in this. God wants us to be healed, and we do not really want to be sick, because it makes us unhappy. Therefore, in accepting the idea for today, we are really in agreement with God. He does not want us to be sick. Neither do we. He wants us to be healed. So do we.

Begin these practice periods by repeating the idea for today, adding a statement signifying your recognition that salvation comes from nothing outside of you. You might put it this way:

My salvation comes from me. It cannot come from anywhere else.

Then devote a few minutes, with your eyes closed, to reviewing some of the external places where you have looked for salvation in the past;–in other people, in possessions, in various situations and events, and in self-concepts that you sought to make real. Recognize that it is not there, and tell yourself:

My salvation cannot come from any of these things.
My salvation comes from me and only from me.

Now we will try again to reach the light in you, which is where your salvation is. You cannot find it in the clouds that surround the light, and it is in them you have been looking for it. It is not there. It is past the clouds and in the light beyond. Remember that you will have to go through the clouds before you can reach the light. But remember also that you have never found anything in the cloud patterns you imagined that endured, or that you wanted.

There is a light available to you that is of God. It has nothing to do with this world. A dear friend once reminded me of this, “All you have to do is let the light in.” It is really that simple. This may be a  moment of fear, but remember that God is Love. Take a deep breath, let it all go. The light will find you of itself. And if you find it difficult to let this light in, repeat the lesson for today. Experience the help that is given you.

Since all illusions of salvation have failed you, surely you do not want to remain in the clouds, looking vainly for idols there, when you could so easily walk on into the light of real salvation. Try to pass the clouds by whatever means appeals to you. If it helps you, think of me holding your hand and leading you. And I assure you this will be no idle fantasy.

This is Jesus speaking to you. He is walking with you. He is not some figure from an old book, idolized and admired, that resurrected and disappeared, leaving you behind. He is with you now. He is reminding you that His resurrection is your resurrection. He is inviting you to walk with Him, to remember. He loves you with a never-ending love. This is a real experience. Let Him help you walk through the clouds. You do not walk alone. All the help is given you, and it is given you right now.


I am sustained by the Love of God

Here is the answer to every problem that will confront you, today and tomorrow and throughout time. In this world, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, “protective” clothing, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless list of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers.

All these things are your replacements for the Love of God. All these things are cherished to ensure a body identification. They are songs of praise to the ego. Do not put your faith in the worthless. It will not sustain you.

Today’s lesson shows you everything you do to make yourself comfortable. You only have to read the 3rd sentence and you know that this is exactly what you do. There is at least one thing in this sentence that you recognize as something you do to make yourself comfortable, but the fact is that you use them all. It is a habit. You feel bad, you take a pill. You open your wallet and see the money that you have and for one moment you feel that you are taken care of, or maybe it is a source of great discomfort because you believe that only money can help you but you never have enough. And of course you use everything around you to feel good or bad about yourself. It is really the same thing.

Only the Love of God will protect you in all circumstances. It will lift you out of every trial, and raise you high above all the perceived dangers of this world into a climate of perfect peace and safety. It will transport you into a state of mind that nothing can threaten, nothing can disturb, and where nothing can intrude upon the eternal calm of the Son of God.

The Love of God will transport you, it will lift you, it will raise you. Notice how this takes no doing on your part, it is done for you. What is required? A little faith, a little willingness. The Love of God is in you, it is not hard to find.

For ten minutes, twice today, morning and evening, let the idea for today sink deep into your consciousness. Repeat it, think about it, let related thoughts come to help you recognize its truth, and allow peace to flow over you like a blanket of protection and surety. Let no idle and foolish thoughts enter to disturb the holy mind of the Son of God. Such is the Kingdom of Heaven. Such is the resting place where your Father has placed you forever.

This is the action of your mind, it is the vigilance that is required. Today’s idea is a thought of God and it will give you everything of God. Think only this thought and allow for no other and your reward will be in Heaven. It does take a mind training, but only for a moment. It does take the willingness to be wrong about everything and to be corrected. In that willingness is everything given you. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself. Ask for the experience. You are the Son of God, everything is given you. It is yours but for the asking.

There is nothing my holiness cannot do

The lesson for today states the infinite possibilities of your holiness. You are unlimited, free in God, unbound by anyone or anything.

Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it establishes you as a Son of God, at one with the Mind of his Creator.

Read this and feel the peace of God in you. You are safe, you are taken care of. This has nothing to do with your identity in the world, nothing to do with your body. You are mind and pure mind, you are one with God. You can travel out into the universe right now, because you are unlimited.

Through your holiness the power of God is made manifest. Through your holiness the power of God is made available.  And there is nothing the power of God cannot do. Your holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else. It is equal in its power to help anyone because it is equal in its power to save anyone.

Today is a day of stillness, the quiet recognition of the power of God in you. This is your holiness. This is what you are. You are unlimited, complete and healed and whole, and everything is healed through your recognition of your holiness. It is not limited by time and space, your holiness affects you and everyone you meet or even think of.

If you are holy, so is everything God created.  You are holy because all things He created are holy. And all things He created are holy because you are. In today’s exercises, we will apply the power of your holiness to all problems, difficulties or suffering in any form that you happen to think of, in yourself or in someone else. We will make no distinctions because there are no distinctions.

Practice today’s idea because your salvation lies in it. This is simply the recognition of the power of your mind, which has been so long underestimated by you. Fortunately time is not real and there is only here and now. In this moment you can recognize your holiness, in this moment you can remember that there is nothing that your holiness cannot do. Apply today’s lesson and watch things shift in you and around you. They are all connected. Nothing is static, unless you keep it static in your own mind. Every problem will simply disappear in the nothingness that it is, every thought of pain is effortlessly replaced with a thought of joy. You are as God created you, you are unlimited, and today you recognize this.

There is nothing my holiness cannot do.

God is in everything I see because God is in my mind

The idea for today is the springboard for vision. From this idea will the world open up before you, and you will look upon it and see in it what you have never seen before. Nor will what you saw before be even faintly visible to you.

It’s so beautifully expressed: today’s idea is the springboard for vision. You can see yourself on the springboard, jumping right into Heaven. Notice how it doesn’t say ‘a springboard’, it is ‘the springboard’. Today’s lesson is the thought that returns the memory of your Self to you.

Today we are trying to use a new kind of “projection.” We are not attempting to get rid of what we do not like by seeing it outside. Instead, we are trying to see in the world what is in our minds, and what we want to recognize is there.  Thus, we are trying to join with what we see, rather than keeping it apart from us. That is the fundamental difference between vision and the way you see.

It starts with the recognition that what you are doing now, how you are seeing now, is not giving you the result that you want. Somewhere you are tired of the reflection that you are getting of pain, sickness and death. And the only way to see things differently is by taking full responsibility for what you are seeing and by changing your mind about it. This is an inward happening, it has nothing to do with the images you see. Decide what you want to see, decide the result you want, and everything shifts accordingly. Cause and effect are not apart. It starts in you, the cause, and reflects to the world, the effect. You can see the purpose of the universe in everything that catches your eye, and that is still the best thing that you have ever been told. Your eyes don’t truly see, it is your decision beyond the eyes that makes up your perception.

Real vision is not only unlimited by space and distance, but it does not depend on the body’s eyes at all. The mind is its only source.

These are incredible sentences in and of themselves. A Course In Miracles is full of great zingers like these. Real vision has nothing to do with time and space, and so today you apply the lesson to what you see and what is beyond your sight. This gives you a glimpse of the power of  your mind, the power of your thoughts to affect everything that you even think of. You can indeed move mountains, if you only believe. It starts with vision and it ends with vision.

God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.